Owner of one of the largest and most beautiful natural ports in Europe, the capital of Menorca is a city that, without a doubt, you should visit if you come on a trip to the island and will answer the question of what to see in Mahón. Due to its nature, beaches, history, culture, architecture and archeology, Mahón is a magical city.
Discover the best of the Menorcan capital
Stroll through the historic center
Mahón is the perfect combination between a modern city and a destination with centuries of history. Along its streets, the English influence is the most prevalent and can be seen reflected in the houses and historic buildings of colonial style.
The historic center is located on a cliff and from it you can enjoy an excellent view of the port. There you will also find all kinds of restaurants and bars to try the gastronomy of the area, have cocktails and beers on one of its terraces.
Walking through the historic center you will discover more about the history of Mahón passing through the town hall, its churches, cloisters, theaters, museums and historical monuments that will take you back in time.
Fortaleza de La Mola
It is one of the most representative examples of military architecture from the 19th century. It was built on the La Mola peninsula between 1848 and 1875 to defend Menorca from English invasions and, luckily, it has never been attacked. This is why it is preserved intact and today it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Mahón.
The location of the fortress makes it an ideal point to admire the unique landscapes of Menorca. Its many viewpoints offer you wonderful views of the Port of Mahón and the Menorcan coast.
Inside the fortress enclosure, you will be able to visit the defensive fronts, the underground galleries, the powder magazines and the different viewpoints. If you wish, you can rent an electric buggy, and make the tour in a more comfortable way, especially if you go with children or elderly people.
At night, the Fortress has a particular magic: the sunset offers a completely different landscape, and is the perfect background for the theatrical proposals of La Mola Fortaleza Isabel II. The best way to get there is by car and it has parking. The entrance to the fortress costs € 8 and offers discounts to children, students, seniors or residents of the island.
The port of Mahón
Due to its strategic location and its geographical characteristics, this is one of the most famous ports in the world. It is also one of the largest in the world, measuring 6 kilometers long, 12 kilometers wide and 20 meters deep. It was a key point for military development and today it is for trade and tourism.
It could be said that it is the tourist center of the city, with a wide gastronomic and recreational offer: bars, terraces, restaurants and cafes constantly attract tourists and locals to enjoy its innate beauty.
The natural environment of the port in which luxury yachts, fishing boats and tourist cruises coexist give a contrast and a particular attraction to this unmissable spot when visiting Mahón. The best way to get around the port is on foot, so we recommend you park your car in the large car park that is located next to the port.
Iglesia del Carmen
Built in the 13th century, the Church of Santa María was completely destroyed in the attack by the pirate Barbarossa on the city of Mahón. It was not until the 18th century during the British invasion that it was reformed with the neo-Gothic style that it retains to this day.
The Church has a single nave and is supported by 6 arches. Although the neo-Gothic style predominates, the main altar is characterized by its Renaissance style. Another curious fact about this church is that the bell tower was built on an old medieval tower that functioned as a defense of the city.
Architecturally speaking, it is a very beautiful building full of history, but without a doubt the most popular attraction of the Church of Santa María is its organ: it measures 15 meters high and 9 meters wide.
It is an instrument with 3,006 tubes, 52 registers and 4 keyboards, three manuals and one standing. It was commissioned to the masters Francisco Otter and Joan Kiburtx, and inaugurated in 1810. Thanks to this wonderful instrument, the Church of Santa María holds concerts every week and international organ festivals are held.
Pont de Sant Roc
During the Muslim conquest in Menorca, the decision was made to protect the important cities from possible attacks with walls. The Portal (pont) of Sant Roc was the gateway to Mahón, and today it is the only remaining part of this wall.
As the city grew, the walls lost their meaning and many sections disappeared in favor of housing.
Built in 1359, the Portal de Sant Roc has undergone many reforms, but the different floors that it originally had are still preserved inside. We can also see some barrel vault roofs and a shield with the four Catalan bars, witnesses of the antiquity of this enclosure.